Bruin Women Clinch NCAA West Regional Title

May 31, 2003

The Bruins, also the 2003 Pac-10 Champions, had seven individual event winners. UCLA's Regional Event Champions were - junior Cari Soong (hammer throw), sophomore Candice Baucham (triple jump), junior Lena Nilsson (800m/1500m), sophomore Monique Henderson (400m) and junior Sheena Johnson (400m hurdles), along with UCLA's 4 X 400m relay.

'For our focus on the Regionals, what we wanted to do was qualify as many individuals as possible for the national meet. We wanted everyone in the top five,' said Bolden. 'The team title was secondary to the individual performances. Our emphasis was on the national meet. In order to have a good team at nationals, we need to have our top individuals there.'

Final Team Points (Top 5 of 24 teams) - 1. UCLA 138, 2. Stanford 77, 3. USC 76, 4. Arizona State 55, 5. Oregon 48.50.

Field Final Results (top five advance to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, June 11-14, hosted by CS Sacramento. Individual event at-large berths will be announced on Monday).

Hammer - junior Cari Soong continued her winning ways, placing first in the event with a mark of 216-3, a personal-best, new school record and No. 2 in Pac-10 history. Two weeks ago at the Pac-10 meet, Soong again won the hammer throw title, with a Pac-10 meet record and then-UCLA school record of 215-11.

'Since I've gone to four turns, it feels like such a natural thing and I'm still in the process of perfecting it. At the NCAA Outdoor, I would like to shoot for the collegiate record (220-1, Amy Palmer, BYU, 1998). I just need to make my turns a little faster - it's an attainable goal.'

Triple Jump - UCLA qualified two athletes from this event. Sophomore Candice Baucham, who two weeks ago won this event at the Pac-10 meet and on Saturday also qualified in the long jump, repeated as the Regional Champion, with a winning mark of 42-0.00w (+2.6). Freshman Sheena Gordon finished fifth (40-10.50).

High Jump - Gordon qualifies in her second event, tying for second, with a leap of 5-10.50. Junior Julie Stevenson placed 13th (5-7.25, season outdoor best).

Discus - Senior Chaniqua Ross, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion, placed second, with a mark of 176-10. Sophomore Briona Reynolds, who has already qualified in the shot put, finished sixth (171-10) and junior Lara Saye was eighth (169-4). Both Reynolds and Saye are candidates for at-large berths to the NCAA Outdoor.

Track Final Results (top five advance to the 2003 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, June 11-14, hosted by CS Sacramento. Individual event at-large berths will be announced on Monday).4x100m Relay - No entry.

1500m - Junior Lena Nilsson's collegiate winning streak continued, as she won the regional 1500m crown, in a time of 4:19.07. Two weeks ago at the Pac-10 meet, she won both the 800m/1500m (for the second year in a row, only woman in conference history to accomplish that feat) and last week at the Prefontaine meet, she placed fifth and set the new UCLA 1500m record (4:07.69, breaking her old mark of last season, 4:09.89).

100m Hurdles -The Bruins qualified three athletes to the outdoor nationals from this event. Junior Sheena Johnson, who won this event at the Pac-10 meet, placed second (13.27), freshman Dawn Harper was fourth (13.33) and junior Sani Roseby was fifth (13.51).

400m - UCLA qualified two athletes to the national outdoor meet from this event. Sophomore Monique Henderson, who did run in the final of this event at the Pac-10 meet because of tightness in her left hamstring, won the event with a mark of 52.01 (season-best). Junior Adia McKinnon was third (53.19, season-best).

100m - Junior Sani Roseby, who had already qualified in the 100m hurdles, placed eighth (11.73).

800m - Nilsson duplicated her Pac-10 feat of two weeks ago and also won the Regional 800m (to go with her 1500m title) crown,, winning in a time of 2:04.13. Nilsson who won both the 800m and 1500m races at the Pac-10 and Regional meets is contemplating running both events at the NCAA.

'There's a total of five qualifying races (800m-prelims, semis, final/1500m-prelims, final) and on Saturday(June 14) there is only 40 minutes between the 1500m final and the 800m finals,' Nilsson said. 'It's a hard double. The 1500m final comes first, so if I did double, I'd just have to see what I had left for the 800m.'

400m Hurdles - UCLA qualified two athletes to the NCAA Outdoor. Johnson, who at the Pac-10 meet won this event, also won the event at the Regionals, in a time of 55.88 (season best). Senior Ysanne Williams finished fifth, in a time of 58.84.

'With the wind, I didn't think it would be that fast a time. The coaches keep telling me that after the last hurdle to sprint for the finish line and that's what I did today.'200m - no entry

3000m Steeplechase - Junior Melissa McBain, the school-record holder (10:36.06), had the 24th best mark, a time of 11:01.31.

4x400m Relay - UCLA's relay of McKinnon, Johnson, Williams, and Henderson placed first, with a time of 3:31.62 (season-best, No. 6 in school history). When Henderson took the baton, the Bruins when in second-place, she took over the lead on the final turn and sped to the victory.

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